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VIDEO: ‘Dongcopter’ Attack On New Mexico Sheriff May Have Been ‘Planned Act Of Violence’

Albuquerque, NM – A sheriff who is running for mayor of Albuquerque accused his opponent of being behind a drone carrying a giant dildo that flew over him and disrupted a campaign event (video below).

The incident occurred on June 1 at a mayoral campaign rally for Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III when about 70 supporters, including children, were gathered for a campaign rally, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Sheriff Gonzales was standing on a dais at the Revel Entertainment Center in northeast Albuquerque talking when a drone carrying a large rubber apparatus flew into the area and began hovering in the air above him.

The crazy scene was captured on cell phone video and went wildly viral.

“Is that a dong on a drone?” a woman off-camera asked as the drone hovered and the dildo wobbled in the air in the video.

“I guess that’s one of your friends,” the sheriff replied from the stage, and then he tried to get back to the point he was making when he was interrupted.

As the drone hovered lower and crossed in front of the sheriff’s face, a man – later identified as the venue’s owner – jumped in front of the stage, reached up, and grabbed the drone by the dildo, the video showed.

The dildo broke free of the drone and the flying machine briefly dipped down before another man jumped into the frame and grabbed it protectively.

Video showed that he was taken to the ground a moment later and arrested.

The criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court identified the drone’s pilot as 20-year-old Kaelan Ashby Dreyer, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Deputies said in the complaint that Dreyer resisted arrest and scuffled with law enforcement officers.

According to the complaint, Dreyer was “swinging his balled up fist at Manuel Gonzales III” and yelled “he’s a tyrant” during the confrontation, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Dreyer struck Sheriff Gonzalez in the arm as he resisted, according to the deputies.

“He tried to take a swing at me and he glanced across my arm,” Sheriff Gonzales said afterward. “He struck me and I just took a step back. It wasn’t anything I was very concerned about. I’ve been in a lot worse situations”

Dreyer was arrested and booked into jail for petty misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

His drone was taken by deputies as evidence.

Dreyer was later released on his own recognizance but the matter isn’t over, the Daily Dot reported.

Deputies who took Dreyer’s phone to put into evidence when they arrested him found text messages about the planned “dongcopter” attack that led them to believe there were several people involved.

“Based off the title of the group message, this would suggest that today’s incident was a planned act of violence aimed towards Sheriff Gonzales,” read the police report, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily Dot.

“Deputy J Corona advised me that as he was placing Kaelan’s phone into a property bag, he saw a notification on his screen which caught his attention as it appeared to be a Facebook group message that was titled ‘gonna dongcopter Manny Gonzal…’” according to the police report.

“Furthermore, another message from that group thread read ‘can anyone dm me and fill me in on what happened after I left,’” the deputy wrote.

Sheriff Gonzales asked anyone with additional video of the incident to come forward and called the “guerilla tactics” disrespectful, embarrassing, and insulting to those who were at the event, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

“I understand the First Amendment and if you want to come to an event that we’re hosting, you have the right to speak freely,” the sheriff said. “But at the point where you commit a crime, with the people that we have there, you’re going to go to jail. So what I want to do is basically condemn all lawlessness at all these events, and know that we’re not going to tolerate any of this.”

Sheriff Gonzales said he thought the drone had been sent to his event by his opponent, the incumbent mayor, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

But the sheriff’s mayoral campaign event wasn’t the only venue to get a visit from the so-called dongcopter in the first week of June.

The drone carrying a dildo also showed up at congressional candidate Mark Moores’ visit to Legacy Church, and videos of that incident showed up on social media, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Watch the incident unfold – or hover – in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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